A city man pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglarizing a home and leading police on a chase through several residential neighborhoods Monday night.
Christopher Forkey-Lawrence, 27, appeared in Rutland criminal court to face charges of burglary, trying to elude police, driving with a suspended license and careless and negligent operation.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Forkey-Lawrence pleaded guilty to burglary and trying to elude, while the other two charges were dismissed.
According to court documents, city police started following Forkey-Lawrence just after 9 p.m. Monday night when he was clocked driving 63 mph on Curtis Avenue. Police said they followed him onto Stratton Road, Killington Avenue and East Street before he pulled over near Dana School.
In the vehicle, police said, they found a 60-inch Vizio TV, an HP laptop and an Xbox 360 gaming system with several controllers. Forkey-Lawrence and his passenger, Cheri Lizotte, were taken to the police department, records show.
Police said Forkey-Lawrence told them earlier Monday night he had gone to a residence on Muzzy Street with the intention of stealing something to sell and support his heroin addiction. He said he knew nobody was home when he opened the window to the house and climbed in. He took the TV, laptop and gaming system, police said.
Forkey-Lawrence told police that after he left the house, he became nervous and started speeding up. When he saw a police officer following him, he “hit the gas,” court documents show.
Police said they spoke with Lizotte, who said Forkey-Lawrence was driving her home, but he needed to make a stop somewhere.
She told police that when Forkey-Lawrence came out of the house on Muzzy Street with the TV, gaming system and laptop, she told him to put them back but he told her to be quiet.
She said when they saw the police cruiser behind them, they panicked.
“(She) told Forkey-Lawrence to ‘keep going until you get to my house,’” police wrote in an affidavit.
While talking with Forkey-Lawrence and Lizotte, police received a burglary complaint from the home on Muzzy Street. The report said a TV, a gaming console and a laptop were missing, according to the affidavit.
Forkey-Lawrence was arrested and charged with burglary, attempting to elude police, driving with suspended license and careless negligent driving.
By accepting the plea agreement, Forkey-Lawrence will serve 30 days of interrupted furlough.
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